90,000 pa­tients af­fected by UW Medicine se­cu­rity breach


Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton School of Medicine (UW Medicine) of­fi­cials are alert­ing roughly 90,000 pa­tients that their per­sonal data was com­pro­mised in an Oc­to­ber se­cu­rity breach. Early last month, a UW Medicine em­ployee opened an e-mail at­tach­ment that con­tained ma­li­cious soft­ware. The mal­ware took con­trol of the com­puter, which hap­pened to be stor­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion from ap­prox­i­mately 90,000 UW Medicine and Har­borview Med­i­cal Center pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to a UW Medicine news re­lease.

The com­pro­mised pa­tient data in­cluded names, phone num­bers, ad­dresses, med­i­cal record num­bers and so­cial se­cu­rity num­bers,

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has ad­mit­ted that his team had “given them­selves an up­per­cut” with the se­cu­rity lapse that al­lowed a jour­nal­ist to pub­lish highly sen­si­tive team-room rev­e­la­tions be­fore its con­fronta­tion with Eng­land at Twick­en­ham.

Fu­ri­ous at the dis­clo­sures, in­clud­ing a white­board mes­sage that de­clared: “We are the most dom­i­nant team in the his­tory of the world,” Hansen said. “When there’s a breach like this it is dis­ap­point­ing. We have given our­selves an up­per­cut. It was our prob­lem let­ting some­one in there. Ul­ti­mately, we shouldn’t have done that. But we can’t change it.”

Hansen also in­di­cated that he would be re­view­ing New Zealand’s se­cu­rity pro­to­cols af­ter the in­ci­dent at their base at Kens­ing­ton’s Royal Gar­den Ho­tel, where they had mis­tak­enly left the dou­ble door to the Lancaster Suite wide open be­fore a meet­ing, ex­pos­ing their mo­ti­va­tional mantras.

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